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BMW M3 Model Years

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When BMW wanted to go racing in 1986, homologation rules required the Bavarian automaker to build a road-going production version of the track-ready 3 Series coupe. To comply, BMW's in-house M racing division created the first M3.

Currently in its fourth generation, the modern M3 features a 413-horsepower 4-liter V8—far more powerful than the engine that powered the first models. You can also get a convertible, should you so choose, an alternative available to Americans only since the M3's second generation.

From its birth, the BMW M3 has set performance standards emulated by competitors around the world. And even though the $60,100 base price is substantial, you would have a hard time finding a vehicle that delivers a more rewarding driving experience at any price.

BMW M3 Generations

2008 - 2015 BMW M3

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Major changes included: The E92-chassis BMW M3 is all new for 2008, and breaks the mold BMW once created for the normally-aspirated sports car in its lineup, featuring a first for the M3: a 4.0-liter V8 which produces 414 horsepower. Another first for the M3 is the option of selecting a dual-clutch automatic transmission, which rewards its driver with lightning-quick shifts...without needing a clutch pedal, making this a top commuter car in the sports car class.

See Year: 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2015

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